Monthly Archives: January 2015

Snow Day

Today there was snow: Inspiring, beautiful, view-changing, scrunchy crunchy exciting snow. Here’s highlights of some of the views I fed on – no words necessary I think! Wrap up warm, and enjoy your Snow Day 🙂















Pics from the Black Mountains – temporarily white – on the eastern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales.



Trust… When reaching out means stepping into the void. When there are no signposts to follow or paths to walk Trust and follow your heart’s vision – Stephanie June Sorrell

Permission to idle

We categorise adults who sit in contemplative moods as flakey, spacey, or lazy. But for your brain to do its best work, you need to be idle. If you want to have great ideas or if you just want to get to know yourself, you must stop managing your time. At the very least, modern neuroscience is rapidly amassing more and more evidence that the resting state of the brain is vital to its health – Andrew Smart, Auto Pilot: The art and science of doing nothing


This is one whopping great, year-long permit to include idle time in your day, every day: Amble, gaze at whatever brings you joy, snuggle by an open fire with a glass of wine, picnic by a stream, meditate, nap, watch the clouds go by …


If you have a To Do List, your bit of idle time is not the least important thing on it; it is the most important thing, the thing that’s going to nurture you and maintain you in working condition to handle the other things on that list.

So get a grip and develop your capacity for idling!

Being insanely busy all the time is not only bad for you; it also prevents you from discovering the human being you were meant to be – Andrew Smart, Auto Pilot: The art and science of doing nothing

P.S Winter time can be particularly good for chilling champagne whilst idling 😀


Right now…

No two walks are ever the same, even if you travel the same route.

Even within a season, the light, temperature, the clouds, the people and wildlife you encounter, the direction you happen to glance in, how you’re feeling… they’re ever changing. For that reason I never tire of walking familiar territory: It is both familiar, and brand new every time.



I also love the excitement of the very first time on a new path or sheep track, the new views that emerge and the sense of discovery waiting to experience whatever is ahead.


Do you have a particular way of relating to nature? A style of relationship? For me it’s a very accepting one, no expectation other than tending to be extremely content in all kinds of conditions, excited by the new, and excitedly seeing new in the familiar.

How wonderful to bring even a smidge of that freshness to the day to day stuff of life… And how wonderful to know the environment which draws out and nurtures such simple pleasure!



Pictures from the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales


To walk, amble or gaze at nature is the best restorative I know: Balancing, reliably effective, uplifting, calming.



Wishing you a happy 2015